Induced Magnetism

Definition - What does Induced Magnetism mean?

Induced Magnetism is the process used of inducing magnetism in the ordinary pieces of magnetic material by external influence. It is one of the ways that are used to turn magnetic materials such as iron and steel into magnets. When the objects or the unmagnetized magnetic materials are bought near or touch the pole of a strong or permanent magnet, they become magnets. This magnetic character is induced on the objects and it gets vanished when the permanent magnet is removed.

Petropedia explains Induced Magnetism

In induced magnetism, metallic objects are attracted by a strong or permanent magnet which magnetizes them. For instance, when a permanent magnet is brought near a collection of paperclips, the paperclips get attached to each other and then to the permanent magnet. Every paperclip becomes a temporary magnet and when the permanent magnet is removed they are no longer attached to each other. In this way, the magnetic property of the collection of paperclips was induced and it was not their permanent character.

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